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Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes Preview and Predictions 04-22-2019 in NHL


The Washington Capitals answered consecutive defeats at PNC Arena with a resounding victory at home to once again wrest away control of their Eastern Conference first-round series. The Capitals return to Raleigh (N.C.) aiming to eliminate the upstart Carolina Hurricanes on Monday when the Metropolitan Division rivals play Game 6 of their series.

"Obviously, I thought that was a pretty great response (after losing Games 3 and 4). We weren't satisfied with the games in Carolina," forward Nicklas Backstrom said after his four-point performance (two goals, two assists) powered Washington to a 6-0 romp in Game 5 on Saturday. The 31-year-old Swede matched last season's entire playoff goal total with five in this series and has nine in his last 10 games overall. While Backstrom and the Capitals might be inclined to reflect fondly on Saturday's game, the same isn't true for a Carolina club that has zero margin for error in its first playoff series since 2009. "Park it. It stunk," Hurricanes captain Justin Williams said. "There's ups and downs, a lot of momentum swings in playoff series, and we've got to swing it back in our direction in Game 6."

TV: 7 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, TVAS, FS Carolinas, NBCS Washington LINE: Hurricanes -2.5

ABOUT THE CAPITALS: Although captain Alex Ovechkin collected one goal and two assists in Game 5, he also made an impact on Saturday's game by stepping up his physical play with a season-high 11 hits. Devante Smith-Pelly, who is known for his physicality, finished with a plus-1 rating and one shot on goal in 10:43 of ice time during his first game since being recalled from Hershey of the American Hockey League. "Everyone did good job on the forecheck, making their (defensemen) turn and making it hard for them to get out on breakouts, so got to keep doing that if we're going to be successful," the 26-year-old Smith-Pelly said.



ABOUT THE HURRICANES: Rookie Andrei Svechnikov hopes to draw back in the lineup after sitting out the last two contests following his ill-fated fight with Ovechkin in the first period of Game 3. "I always recover so quickly, and we'll see. I hope I'm going to play next game," said the 19-year-old Russian, who may get his wish after Carolina assigned fellow forward Aleksi Saarella to Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Sunday morning. The Hurricanes' power play could benefit from some conditioning, as it went 0-for-5 in Game 5 and showed so little in terms of potential that Jordan Staal labeled it "garbage" while Williams told reporters that the team "stunk it up" with the man advantage.

OVERTIME

1. Carolina G Petr Mrazek looks to rebound from a diastrous six-goal performance when he returns to Raleigh, where he has turned aside 48 of 49 shots in the series.

2. Washington RW T.J. Oshie is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery on his broken collarbone, the team announced Sunday.

3. Hurricanes D Jaccob Slavin recorded five assists in his previous three contests before the team was shut out in Game 5.

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Stadium

PNC Arena
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
Capacity: 18,680

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Last Injuries

Carolina Hurricanes

  • Calvin de Haan

    Shoulder
    Late Nov | out

    de Haan underwent surgery to repair his right shoulder and is expected to be sidelined until the end of November.

Washington Capitals

  • Michal Kempny

    Hamstring
    Early Oct | out

    Kempny is recovering from surgery on his left hamstring, and it is unclear if he will be available for the beginning of the 2019-2020 season.

carolina-hurricanes Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
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Statistics
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Petr Mrazek 40 40 0 0 0 14 23 3 6
Alex Nedeljkovic 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Andrei Svechnikov 82 0 6 1 123 0 0 0 62
Brett Pesce 73 0 0 1 53 0 0 0 24
Brock McGinn 82 0 35 26 137 0 0 0 20
Assits
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Teuvo Teravainen 82 0 55 16 4
Sebastian Aho 82 0 53 21 1
Justin Williams 82 0 30 5 0
Justin Faulk 82 0 24 4 0
Jaccob Slavin 82 0 23 2 1
Defense
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Scott Darling 8 8 27 3.336 7 13 7 0 233 5 80 86 62 0
Petr Mrazek 40 40 95 2.388 28 34 30 3 1104 10 376 366 352 0
Alex Nedeljkovic 1 1 2 2.000 0 2 0 0 26 0 4 15 7 0
Andrei Svechnikov 82 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 26
Brett Pesce 73 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 131
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Petr Mrazek 40 40 4 0 0 0
Alex Nedeljkovic 1 1 0 0 0 0
Andrei Svechnikov 82 0 0 0 0 0
Brett Pesce 73 0 0 0 0 0
Brock McGinn 82 0 0 3 1 0
Time on ice
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Petr Mrazek 40 40 119954 10928 143211 12329
Jaccob Slavin 82 0 92674 8893 113346 11779
Justin Faulk 82 0 87371 14471 110325 8483
Sebastian Aho 82 0 78893 14765 99142 5484
Dougie Hamilton 82 0 86386 9162 96789 1241

washington-capitals Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
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">T.J. Oshie
69 25 4 0 8 8 9 6 1 14 1 1422 143

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">Jakub Vrana
82 24 4 0 10 8 6 1 0 4 0 1415 161

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">Brett Connolly
81 22 5 0 10 9 3 1 0 2 0 1267 139

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">Nicklas Backstrom
80 22 5 1 6 6 9 7 0 25 0 1759 169
Statistics
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Braden Holtby 59 58 0 0 0 19 32 5 2
Pheonix Copley 27 24 0 0 0 7 16 2 0
Alex Ovechkin 81 0 4 1 223 0 0 0 40
Andre Burakovsky 76 0 13 7 35 0 0 0 14
Brett Connolly 81 0 22 9 53 0 0 0 24
Assits
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Player GP GS A APP ASH
John Carlson 80 0 57 30 0
Nicklas Backstrom 80 0 52 18 0
Evgeny Kuznetsov 76 0 51 15 0
Alex Ovechkin 81 0 38 10 0
T.J. Oshie 69 0 29 8 0
Defense
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Pheonix Copley 27 24 74 2.904 20 27 25 2 776 22 242 259 253 0
Braden Holtby 59 58 160 2.818 46 56 53 5 1795 22 576 619 578 0
Alex Ovechkin 81 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 41
Andre Burakovsky 76 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 29
Brett Connolly 81 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Braden Holtby 59 58 3 0 0 0
Pheonix Copley 27 24 1 0 0 1
Alex Ovechkin 81 0 0 4 2 0
Andre Burakovsky 76 0 0 0 0 0
Brett Connolly 81 0 0 0 0 0
Time on ice
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Braden Holtby 59 58 168733 17205 204394 18456
John Carlson 80 0 88353 19585 120311 12373
Dmitry Orlov 82 0 95698 4002 106451 6751
Matt Niskanen 80 0 89267 2764 105271 13240
Alex Ovechkin 81 0 80199 21441 101677 37